Health care expenditure on cardiovascular diseases 2000-01

24 Sep 2004

Presents summary data of allocated health expenditure collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Cardiovascular diseases are Australia’s largest health problem, accounting for 50,294 deaths in 2002 and affecting 3.67 million Australians in 2001 (AIHW 2004b). In 1998, 1.1 million Australians had disabling conditions associated with cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases are the most expensive diseases in Australia in terms of health expenditure. They were responsible for 11% of total allocated recurrent health system expenditure—$5.48 billion in 2000–01 (AIHW 2004a).

The following is an overview of total allocated health system expenditure associated with cardiovascular diseases in Australia. These expenditure estimates are for the period 2000–01 and are the most up-to-date data currently available. Estimates are presented by area of expenditure: hospitals, high level services in aged care homes, out-of-hospital medical services, dental and other health professional services, pharmaceuticals and research.

These figures do not represent estimates of the total economic impact of cardiovascular diseases in the Australian community. As well as the direct health system expenditure described here, there is substantial indirect expenditure relating to absenteeism, lost productivity, the burden on carers and family, and lost quality and quantity of life.

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